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McCormick, Bart E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 28, Number 2 (Dec. 1926)

The military service record and honor roll,   pp. 62-63


Page 62


The Military Service Record and Honor Roll
THE ARMY was not too
    days of the war too sho
 tic for Wisconsin men to
   The wide distribution
men both in America and
ing. the war, the astoundir
times they ran -across eac
the character of friendshi
made on the basis of a corn
in Wisconsin are just con
through the scores of lette
received. with the militar'
ports now being collected
by ,the university for its
Roll.
  Hundreds of Wisconsin
made friends with as many
at homecoming or comm
the campus.
   "Wisconsin" was a ma
bringing men together. I
erstwhile freshman   even
sophomore who had ducke
*day of the class rush only a
before. And the frosh was
and the soph a sergeant.
  Some ofý the notes on
Wisconsin men made wit]
during the war follow:
My dear Prof.. Fish:
  In returning herewith the
my war record, I cannot re
few words of how and v
"Wisconsin" away from th4
  During the spring of
stationed at Fort Leave
camp, not the prison),Kans
the Laboratory' School. It
ary to attend classes onl
until twelve in the forenoo
treme heat in the afternoon
noons were used for study
the, soldiers wore as little
during these study periods
as comfortable as Kansas
allow. Glancing from im
afternoon, I saw the serge
a new "Rooky" into our
My glance rested upon tha
banner "Wisconsin" that
man pastes on his suitcase
home Christmas. This o
pasted upon a suitcase. I x
leap at the "Rooky," no do
ing him, as I surely did no
soldier at that mcment,
made the acquaintance
Knudtson, another alumni
to say, I had found my bu(
Fort Leavenworth days.
  Shortly after arriving i
was stationed near Verdu
Aid Gas Hospital. On da
Heinies were tired and did
any gas, work would slai
large nor the   would then take a detail behind the
*rt or too hec- lines to an old French saw mill to secure
get together.   unusable lumber for our stoves. One
of Wisconsin    particular morning   arriving at our
overseas dur-   destination and finding no one in charge,
ag number of    the mern proceeded to fill the truck with
h other, and    good lumber as well as short pieces.
ps that were    Naturally a soldier did asý little work as
imon interest   possible and these were good-very
ning to light   good soldiers. A long piece of lumber
ors and notes   filled the truck much faster than several
yTservice re-   sriiall ones. Our truck Was soon loaded
from alumni     and we were just about starting off
future Honor    when. a "shave tail," who h'ad -been
                standing off in a distance Watching us,
men saw and     called me. :I immediately reported to
classmates as   him as that time I had the greatest re-
encement on     spect for the gold bar., I-was then only a
                sergeanit, not having received my gold
tgic word in    bar until a little later. Our conversation,
n one case an   was. somewhat. like  this-, Sergeant,
  forgave a     aren t you from Wisconsin?" "Yes sir,
d him on the    Milwaukee."   "No, I mean the Uni-
few months      versity of Wisconsin,  continued the
a lieutenant,   Lieutenant.  I immediately informed
                him with an expansion of chest that I
the contacts    belonged to that Grand. Old, Class of
h each other    1918. "I thought, so," remarked his honor
                and continued, "You are the fellqw that
                tied me to the guard around the: fly
 Chicago, Ill.  wheel down in the old Engineering Build-
                ing on the lake, the day of the rush when
 form stating   I was a Freshman and you a Soph."
esist to add a  Whew! and the'tables were turned on
where I met     me. I in this way had the great pleasure
e campus.       of again meeting Lieutenant Williams of
1918 I was      the class of 1919, and a prince of a fellow
nworth (the     he was. I .again salute you Lieutenant
as, attending   Williams, first, for your wonderful mem-
was custom-     ory and second, for yourself. You surely
y from  nine    had me tied to a flywheel the last time
9n due to ex-   we met, especially after my men had
i. The after-   stolen all that lumber.
-. Naturally      Sometime after this incident, it was
  as possible   necessary for me to go to Evacuation
  trying to be  Hospital No. 6 and No. 7, located at
  heat would    Souilly, First Army Headquarters, for
ty book one     supplies. While walking through the
ant escorting   receiving room I heard my name called.
squad room.     I looked around and saw Lieut. M. W.
t old familiar  Sargent of my class beckoning to me.
every fresh-    Words cannot express the emotion I felt
when he goes    in meeting this classmate here. I might
ne, too, was    mention that Sargent had been wounded
nade a flying   and was waiting for medical attention:
ubt frighten-   Though dirty, unshaven and in pain,
t look like a  there was that ever ready smile on his
and ihereby     face.
of Clarence       There were a few other meetings with
us. Needless    Wisconsin men, but this is becoming a
idy for those   thesis, not merely the note it was in-
                tended to be.   My days of writing
*n France, I    themes are over, and I close with best
n at 2, First   wishes for success in this work you have
ys when-'the   undertaken.
not toss over       Respectfully yours,
cken up.   I        HAROLD J. SHAPIRO, Agric-ig9i8.
   I found University of Wisconsin men
 everywhere.* There was hardly an out-
 fit without one. While attending the
 Officer's Training School, I was de-
 tailed as Kitchen Police and found as
 my comrades two men like myself,
 graduates of the School of Commerce.
 We gossiped about the old school while
 peeling spuds.
            -J. W. SPROESSER, '09.
  A great number. of Wisconsin men
were at Pensacola in the flying service.
At one party (dancing) that we gave; the
first piece played was "On Wisconsin"
and it brought down the house. There
were "Chuck" Carpenter (football cap-
tain), John Schroeder, Sam Spurrier,
Tom Caldwell and a good many others,
at this station during the war.
               -TE. W. SPARLING, '21.
  Many University men served in our
regiment, brigade and division, and in all
instances acquitted  themselves with
credit to themselves, their nation, and
their alma mater.
               -A. H., SMITH, '96.
  It was my pleasure while at Saumur,
France, in May, June, and July, to run
across many Wisconsin men all training
for their' commissions. Among these
were Ned Twitchell, '15, Bill Storer, 'i6,
Van Ostrand, 'I6, and-others. Saw Bill
Storer just day before he met death
with the artillery. Frequently saw Jack
Crandall, '15, and Billie Crane, '17,
while in France. Also Gen and Jerry
Grant, both of '16.-
                  -P. R   ROACH, 'is
  During my rambles in France I came
in contact with over 4o Wisconsin men,
and each time I met one of them I was
glad that I hailed from the University of
Wisconsin.
               -H. W. PRIBNOW, '19.
  One of my firstjobs as "Top Sergeant"
was to take an erring buck private be-
fore the provost marshal who turned out
to be Colonel Crane, late commandant
of Wisconsin. While in the food-division
of the surgeon general's office I saw
much of C. N. Frey on duty in this office.
Frey was assistant in botany at Uni-
versity of Wisconsin while I was there.
  While in Washington, I saw a Wiscon-
sin man or woman almost every time I
turned around. If U. W. was as well
represented on the battlefield as she was
in Washington, and I understand this is
so, her record must indeed be a glorious
one.             -T. C. NELSON, '17.
  It has always been a great source of
satisfaction to me to meet Wisconsin
men in the most unexpected places.
Classmates and friends of mine at the
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